The Sacred Masculine
Many years ago, in North America, I sat and drummed in the shade of some trees. At one point I stopped to stretch my legs and stepped out from the cooling shadow into bright sunlight. I stood for a while and looked over at a tree opposite me. Its trunk was straight, and the crown consisted of two main forked branches.
The tree held my attention completely for several minutes, and suddenly I felt as if it began to give me messages. In my mind’s eye, I saw that the two forked branches represented the masculine and the feminine. The tree itself was the tree of life, mirroring the cosmos and all of creation. I saw that all of creation is sacred, including the masculine and the feminine and their dance in the dream of life. Masculine and feminine, represented by the two branches, come together in a single trunk. They appear to be separate, but ultimately they are one.
The masculine and the feminine exist within the world of duality, and they unfold within the dream of life. When I hear people talk about them, I often remember the forked tree, the dream, and the oneness behind the surface illusion. In the dream of life, we forget who we are, and we lose touch with our essence. We identify with ideas, beliefs, phenomena, and appearances, and we take the world of duality at face value.
In the dream, the warrior does his best to play his role with impeccability. When young people reach puberty, males must learn to balance themselves with the feminine, and likewise, females must balance themselves with the masculine. Then humans can live in balance, aligned with natural law, remembering that we are spirits born into substance in order to learn and grow, according to the elders’ wisdom.
The elders say that the masculine patrols the perimeter and protects the camp, and that the feminine holds the center. The perimeter and the center are mirrored within each human being. However, the adult male and female are just two of four directions in the sacred hoop. The other two are the children: the boy and the girl. In order for the circle of the self to be whole and strong, we must have the child’s innocence intact within us. That child-like purity makes up half of the circle of the self. When it is missing, we have lost part of our soul; the main healing method amongst shamans worldwide is soul retrieval. When the warrior and the nurturer are strong in our self-circle, the innocence of the child can take its rightful place. I have often seen this quality in First Nation people, but it tends to be lacking in westerners.
When we lose our child-like purity, innocence, and trust, we begin to compensate and our identity becomes twisted, and we see ourselves as anything from inferior to important. Then the masculine and feminine are not so sacred in the way they manifest: we have forgotten our true identity.
Our spirit understands the sacredness of the masculine, and of the feminine. Our spirit experiences that sacredness directly. Our mind usually doesn’t understand it on the level of real knowing, and owning. The gap between the two is not helpful because it creates incongruence and a division within the self. It’s a high art to bridge that gap. We must seek the understanding of sacredness and own it with the totality of who we are: then we can walk our talk. This is the hunt for sacred knowledge.
One of the duties of the warrior is to protect the camp against any enemy that may pose a threat. This includes the camp that is mirrored in the circle of the self. The warrior must overcome any force that seeks to destroy the camp and all that is sacred within it. When our consciousness remembers its true source, we see the circle of the self. When we see the circle of the self we see our illusions. This is the warrior’s ultimate battle.
CHRIS LÜTTICHAU founded Northern Drum Shamanic Centre in 1998 as an educational base offering teachings of high quality and authenticity. Chris began the shamanic path in 1980. After more than 30 years’ study with indigenous teachers and elders, Chris is now the keeper of an integral body of teachings that he shares internationally in workshops and ongoing training groups. The teachings cover a broad range of topics from healing and the art of dreaming to spirit contact and the Way of the Council.
Chris’s new Three Year Shamanic Training begins in October 2019,
The next introduction to shamanism, The Shaman’s Doorway, takes place in September 2019,
Chris is the author of ‘Calling Us Home’ (Head of Zeus, 2017, “The single best book on contemporary shamanism on the market – long overdue” – Manda Scott), and ‘Spirit Animal Guides: Discover your power animal and the shamanic path’ (Cico, 2017, with new hardback edition 2019). Chris has appeared internationally on TV and radio.
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